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Pollard makes roster of Salt Lake City Stars in G League

Published: Friday, November 03, 2017 @ 5:26 PM

Dayton’s Kendall Pollard, right, and Davidson’s Jack Gibbs wrestle for a loose ball in the second half on Friday, Feb. 24, 2017, at Belk Arena in Davidson, N.C. David Jablonski/Staff
Staff Writer
Dayton’s Kendall Pollard, right, and Davidson’s Jack Gibbs wrestle for a loose ball in the second half on Friday, Feb. 24, 2017, at Belk Arena in Davidson, N.C. David Jablonski/Staff(Staff Writer)

Former Dayton Flyers forward Kendall Pollard made the roster of the Salt Lake City Stars, who play the Austin Spurs on Friday, the opening night of play in the NBA G League.

One of Pollard’s games in the first month takes place in Memphis at the FedEx Forum, where he had his breakout game as a freshman in the Sweet 16 against Stanford.

Former Dayton guard Kyle Davis was on the training camp roster of another G League team, the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, but he was not on the opening night roster released Friday.

Former Dayton guard Charles Cooke, who began the season with the New Orleans Pelicans, was assigned to the Greensboro Swarm in the G League. He’s playing on a two-way contract, which means he can spend up to 45 days with the Pelicans during the regular season.

Former Flyer Chris Wright begins the season on the roster of the Oklahoma City Blue.

Ohio State football opens up as massive favorite over Oregon State in 2018 opener

Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 7:17 AM

Ohio State football was always going to be favored in Week 1 of 2018. The first odds are out for the Buckeyes’ game against Oregon State, and oddsmakers aren’t optimistic about the Beavers ability to make it close.

Ohio State opened as over a 30-point favorite against the Beavers, per one oddsmaker 5Dimes. 247Sports reports 5Dimes has the Buckeyes as 30.5-point favorites, and ElevenWarriors reports the number is 31.

Ohio State does head into this game returning a bunch of talent from last year’s team that finished just outside the College Football Playoff field, while Oregon State is rebuilding with a new coach after parting with Gary Andersen partway through the 2017 season, which the Beavers finished at 1-11. Jonathan Smith comes over to take the reigns after serving as Washington’s offensive coordinator.

The Buckeyes host the Beavers on Saturday, Sept 1., at Ohio Stadium.

Report: Former Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin to receive 5-year, $14.5 million deal from Arizona

Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 7:10 AM

Kevin Sumlin was officially hired as Arizona’s new head coach on Sunday. And he was scheduled to be introduced at a press conference on Tuesday.

But before Sumlin took the podium for the first time in his new role, the terms of his contract with the Wildcats were reported by college football writer Brett McMurphy.

According to McMurphy, the former Texas A&M coach has signed a five-year, $14.5 million contract with Arizona. Sumlin will receive $2 million each of the first two years, then $3.5 million each of the final three years.

Along with his buyout from his contract with the Aggies, Sumlin has become a wealthier man in recent months. Texas A&M paid Sumlin $10.4 million after he was fired.

Sumlin was fired by Texas A&M in November after going 51-26 over six seasons with the Aggies. He owns an 86-43 career record as a head coach, which also includes a four-year stint at Houston.

With the Wildcats, Sumlin will try to improve a program that just went 7-6 and lost four of its last five games this past season.

SEC underclassmen entering 2018 NFL Draft

Published: Thursday, January 11, 2018 @ 11:47 AM

The 2017 college football season is complete, and a lot of players’ eyes have turned toward their future in the NFL.

Some of those include players who have decided to leave school early and pursue their dreams of playing professionally. As with every year, the SEC is loaded with prospects like these, with talents such as LSU running back Derrius Guice and Alabama defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick choosing to enter the 2018 NFL Draft.

Here is an updated list of players from the SEC that have declared for the NFL draft along with a link to the story of their announcement:

Alabama

Minkah Fitzpatrick, DB

Ronnie Harrison, S

Da’Ron Payne, DT

Calvin Ridley, WR

Bo Scarbrough, RB

Arkansas

None

Auburn

Carlton Davis, CB

Jeff Holland, OLB

Kerryon Johnson, RB

Kamryn Pettway, RB

Florida

Taven Bryan, DT

Antonio Callaway, WR

Marcell Harris, S

Eddy Pineiro, K

Georgia

Roquan Smith, LB

Trenton Thompson, DT

Kentucky

None

LSU

Will Clapp, C

Derrius Guice, RB

Donte Jackson, CB

Arden Key, OLB

Kevin Toliver II, CB

Toby Weathersby, OL

Missouri

None

Mississippi State

None

Ole Miss

Breeland Speaks, DE

South Carolina

Hayden Hurst, TE

Tennessee

Rashaan Gaulden, CB

John Kelly, RB

Kahlil McKenzie, DT

Texas A&M

Christian Kirk, WR

Vanderbilt

None

Kevin Sumlin signs five-year, $14.5M deal with Arizona

Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 7:12 AM

Arizona coach Kevin Sumlin’s contract numbers have been revealed.

Sumlin inked a five-year, $14.5 million deal, per  Bruce Feldman of Fox Sports.

Arizona’s new coach will receive an initial base pay of $2 million per year during his first two seasons and then he’ll get a pay bump of $3.5 million a year in seasons three through five.

The Wildcats got a good coach on a pretty good contract.

Sumlin and Arizona agreed to a deal on Sunday. He comes to Arizona after six seasons at Texas A&M. He compiled a 51-26 with the Aggies.